Sunday, September 7, 2008

Saying thank-you

Pin It I was at ComedySportz about an hour ago.

I’m Mr. Voice.

I’m the guy who does the announcing, keeps score, does sound effects, music, lights, and interjects comments throughout the show. At times I can be funny; and at others I am most definitely not.

When the show comes to an end I call out all of the players, and they run outside to meet the crowd and talk. When I used to be a player I did the same thing.

However, Mr. Voice does not.

I stay up in the sound booth and play music while everyone is leaving. If someone I know has come to the show, they will usually come and chat with me. However, it is rare that anyone comes up after the show and says anything to me. Mr. Voice is more or less like the guy stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart whom we seldom notice…unless he does something wrong; such as blocking the aisle with his pallet load of food or nonfood items.

But today, two people went out of their way to come up and say, “Hey, I just wanted to tell you thanks…you did a great job tonight.”

That simple, little phrase really meant a lot.

What this little phrase also did was to make me realize that I need to compliment people around me far more than I do. I need to acknowledge their large—or small—contributions to the everyday mundane moments and places around me.

Sometimes being thankful can be a hard thing to remember because of all we take for granted, but I do know that it is important.

P.S. It was good to meet you finally IRL last night, Stephen.


Gerb said...

Thanks for the reminder - I love paying compliments but do not do it often enough!

annette said...

I know how you feel. Being a "para professional" and not a r.e.a.l. teacher, I'm kind of in the background at school. It's always nice to have some parent come up to me or leave me a note to say thank you.

Farscaper said...

One of these days.... we'll make it out. You're always giving away tickets when something's up here. Yesterday my husband was working for 3 clients. Everyone wants everything yesterday - KWIM?

"Thank You" is something I try very hard to dish out as much as possible. Being a SAHM (stay at home mom) is a job that doesn't get many verbal thanks. I do require a large amount of hugs. To me.. they're even better.

Thanks for all the ticket offers. One of these days all the planets will get into alignment and I'll snag one.

Stephen said...

Thanks again for the ticket. We had a blast and will definitely be back. We can't believe that we had not been to ComedySportz before. And it was a pleasure meeting you also, J.

I know how you feel when someone thanks you for something you have done. I am the organist in my ward and just recently I have received multiple complements on my music. One lady told me how my music has changed the overall spirit of the meeting for her. That compliment made it all worthwhile. I have made it a point to take notice of the little things around me and show my gratitude to those who do something for me. It makes me feel better to acknowledge those around me. And I know it helps them, too.

Bee said...

I absolutely feel your friend's pain. I've become an insomniac this week. I keep running through my head all I can do to help Noah. I've resorted to emailing his teachers (all 6 of them) on an almost daily basis. His averages in some classes are in the 30s. I'm frustrated because the teachers do not seem super willing to accommodate him. They act like this is normal! I am at a loss on what to do for him from home. Tonight my husband spent at least three hours studying with him. The biggest thing is organization. Boy, he's a challenging kid to raise. I've been checking into private schools too. I'm afraid the large environment is not structured enough for him. Just keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. We need it right now.

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